Lawyers Liability

Lawyers Liability

Lawyers need lawyers too. At Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP, lawyers retain the firm to help them with all manner of legal issues unique to attorneys.

Legal Malpractice
When lawyers are sued for malpractice, the firm stands ready to defend attorneys and law firms, whether through motion practice, settlement or trial. Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys have tried to verdict cases where attorneys and law firms have been accused of malpractice. In the last five years, firm attorneys have received not guilty verdicts in cases where former clients have sought tens of millions of dollars.

With years of work defending lawyers, firm attorneys have a deep network of experts in a wide-ranging area of practices, including estate planning, commercial real estate, personal injury, intellectual property, insurance defense, bankruptcy, professional liability, appeals, securities, corporate, and taxation.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorneys also have dozens of reported and unreported decisions in the reviewing courts asserting strong positions for attorneys.

ARDC Investigations
Firm attorneys have represented attorneys and witnesses before the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) of the Supreme Court of Illinois. The ARDC’s mission is to promote the integrity of the legal profession, at the direction of the Supreme Court, through attorney registration, education, investigation, prosecution and remedial action.

Ethics Opinions
Fellow attorneys retain Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP to opine on the ethical considerations facing attorneys and law firms, including conflicts of interest, disqualification, unreasonable fees and billing issues, and the sale of a law firm practice to another attorney, among others.

Fee Disputes
Lawyers who operate on contingency often share fees with attorneys outside their law firms. When disputes arise, the firm’s attorneys quickly assist their clients by initially trying to resolve the disputes amicably, keeping fees and expenses to a minimum. When resolution cannot be reached, the firm stands ready to try the case to obtain a just result.

Law Firm Dissolutions
Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP has represented partners who have left law firms and partners whose law firms have dissolved. Whether the dispute is public and in court or private and in arbitration, the firm’s attorneys bring experience in both realms for their attorney and law firm clients.
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